Zelbert L. Wood, 88, son of Lewis Harrison and Mary Ann Mobley Wood, was born Nov. 29, 1913, at Oil Center, Calif. He died Sept. 22, 2002, at his home at Licking. He married Lorene Amanda Mattie Barnes June 19, 1943, at Bakersfield, Calif. Mr. Wood served in the military during World War II with the 104th Infantry Division of the Timberwolves. He was awarded the American Service Medal, Victory Medal for good conduct, Bronze Star and Purple Heart. In 1976, Mr. Wood retired from Shell Oil Co. in California with 30 years service. He and his wife made their home in Missouri, spending the winters in California. When they both became ill in October 2000, they made their permanent home in Missouri near his niece, Sharon Kay Stephens of Licking. The Woods traveled to Germany, Belgium, France, Russia and other places where he fought during the war. They enjoyed spending time together and with family, traveling, bowling and being involved with the senior citizens. Mr. Wood was a life-long member of the Licking Veterans of Wars Post and a member of the United Methodist Church in Licking. He was preceded in death by his parents; and only sister, Velma Wood. Surviving are his wife of 59 years; nieces and nephews and their families. Services were Sept. 24 at the United Methodist Church in Licking with the Rev. Gary Carter officiating. Burial was in the Licking Cemetery under the direction of Fox Funeral Home of Licking. “

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